From AI to at-home care: The hospital of the future looks nothing like today’s

Traditional medical care will likely look very different in the post-pandemic world. Routine medical care and even surgery and childbirth may be performed in an office or home setting, as patients seek to reduce exposure to COVID-19 and other infectious agents. As more technology necessary for medical care beomes accessbile and mobile, the treatment platforms will transition to less centralized care.

NIH Clinical Trial Testing Remdesivir plus Interferon Beta-1a for COVID-19 Treatment Begins

A randomized, controlled clinical trial evaluating the safety and efficacy of a treatment regimen consisting of the antiviral remdesivir plus the immunomodulator interferon beta-1a in patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has begun. The study, called the Adaptive COVID-19 Treatment Trial 3 (ACTT 3), is anticipated to enroll more than 1,000 hospitalized adults with COVID-19 at as many as 100 sites in the United States and abroad. 

Remdesivir COVID-19 Trials Posts Encouraging Results

In a comparative analysis published late last week in Clinical Infectious Diseases, the antiviral drug remdesivir was linked to significantly greater recovery and a 62% lower death rate by day 14 versus standard treatment in hospitalized adults with severe COVID-19. Researchers used data from 298 participants in an ongoing phase 3 trial of remdesivir at 45 international sites, as well as retrospective data from an ongoing real-world longitudinal study of 816 patients given standard treatment at 16 international sites.

Study on Nonpharmaceutical Interventions in South Korea Slowed COVID-19 Infections

This study analyzed the transmission of coronavirus disease outside of the Daegu-Gyeongsangbuk provincial region in South Korea. The study estimated that nonpharmaceutical measures reduced transmissibility by a maximum of 34% without resorting to a strict lockdown strategy.

WHO Update on COVID-19 in Africa

The World Health Organization reported the cumulative case-count of confirmed COVID-19 in the WHO African Region has topped 100 000 as the pandemic continues to grow. The trajectory of the pandemic in the region is on the rise, both in terms of case incidence and mortality. Meanwhile, many countries in the region are now easing confinement measures introduced to control the spread of the virus.